One of the many different health conditions that a person may experience is Fibromyalgia. It is a type of disorder that can result in pain throughout the body and many other symptoms. Although there are a lot of theories as to what causes this disease, there is no definitive reason why it should occur. Some researchers feel that the condition may cause the brain to process pain signals inappropriately or perhaps in the wrong way and those painful sensations are sent out throughout the body. There isn't a cure for Fibromyalgia but there may be some things that can be done to help with the symptoms.
This condition can affect anyone at any time in life but there seem to be some things that may make it more likely to be a problem. In many cases, some type of physical trauma occurs before the person begins showing the symptoms. Those issues can include a major infection, psychological stress, and surgery. There are also times when the symptoms may begin slowly and increase over time but a triggering event is not able to be identified. Women are more susceptible to this condition than men.
We already discussed the symptom of pain, and it can be widespread. Some people describe it as a dull ache that continues to persist for a minimum of 3 months. In addition, the pain must be felt on both sides of the body and both above and below the waist. Another common symptom is fatigue. When you have Fibromyalgia, you will often be tired as soon as you wake up, even as you wake up. You might also have other problems with sleeping, such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and sleep disrupted by pain. Many people also experience 'fibro fog' and other types of cognitive problems.
Blood tests are sometimes used to help diagnose the problem, although a single test for the issue does not exist. In many cases, the doctor will give an exam and discuss the type of pain you are experiencing. There may be different treatment methods, including medication and lifestyle changes. Some of the medications your doctor may want you to take include antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs, and pain relievers. These medications are not a cure for Fibromyalgia but they may be able to help improve your ability to sleep and control the pain. Various types of therapy may also be suggested.
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